We weren’t about to let lockdown get in the way of the musical start to your summer … Big Weekend will go ahead this May Bank Holiday weekend as planned (Friday 22 – Sunday 24 May 2020), but with a crucial difference: this year’s event takes place remotely for the first time.
Big Weekend UK 2020 will bring all the festival feels with over 50 brand new live sets recorded by artists from their own homes, as well as bringing back some of the most memorable performances from Big Weekends gone by for you to listen to Radio 1 and BBC Sounds, and watch on BBC iPlayer.
Performances will take place across five virtual stages: the Radio 1 Stage, the Radio 1 Dance Stage, the Headliner Stage, the 1Xtra Stage and the BBC Music Introducing Stage.
Here are your first five acts who’ll be bringing you all-new performances on the Radio 1 Stage:
if you’re searching for tear-inducing ballads, look no further than the truly show-stopping Sam Smith, who returns to Big Weekend after amazing headline sets in Glasgow 2014 and Swansea in 2018
One of the huge names who helped our Live Lounge Allstars score a number one with their cover of Times Like These, our Rita returns for her fourth Big Weekend appearance
Young T and Bugsey
Fresh from their hot collab with Aitch, one of rap’s most exciting duos make their Big Weekend debut
Essex’s favourite karate champion pop princess delivered brilliant sets at Big Weekend in Hull, Swansea and last year in Middlesbrough. So it was a no-brainer that she had to join the line-up for our first ever remote Big Weekend
The almighty Biffy return for their first Big Weekend since 2017 and boy have we missed them!
We’ll be adding loads more names to the line up for the Radio 1 Stage soon!
The Radio 1 Dance Stage will feature brand new DJ sets from some of the hottest names in dance music.
The Headliner Stage will throwback to some of the biggest headline sets from previous Big Weekends, including Katy Perry’s set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow and Miley Cyrus’ stormer from Middlesbrough.
The 1Xtra Stage will be hosted by the 1Xtra DJs and will feature a mix of new sets, and archive performances from the likes of Alicia Keys, Dave and J Hus.
The BBC Music Introducing Stage will feature new performances from over 40 emerging artists across the weekend. Each of the local radio shows that make up the BBC Music Introducing network have nominated an artist from their region to perform, allowing the stage to showcase the breadth of the new music scene across the country.
BBC Sounds: Big Weekend Throwback Mix
Greg James reminisces over his favourite performances from previous Big Weekends